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Currently at a flea market, found some old metal sewing machines in real good condition but can't decide between them. I should've taken pics but forgot to, these are the closest approximations I could find (these are the right brands but might not be the right model but look very similar). Is there one I should go for over the other? What should I look for to assess quality? Neither have any visible rust, both come with box and pedal. Ill be taking a closer look and picking one up tomorrow.
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Yt channel called PhotonicInduction that torture tested an old sewing machine with a giant electric motor and took it to extreme rpms still couldn't kill it. Motor ended up burning up. He stopped posting videos so I can only assume he either got thrown in prison for not having a loicense for stuff or he burned his house down with himself in it.

No, worse. Woman became monkey in the middle
>I'm wondering if I'm running into this issue now.
Probably not, even with a wonky belt, I've never had much trouble catching the bobbin thread. That actually sounds like a legitimate timing issue, though I couldn't say for sure without seeing it in person.
I couldn't find any videos on adjusting the timing, but I only halfass looked. The link should be able to walk you through it.

That machine looks damn good for the age. Maybe I was wrong to say you overpaid. If you get it in perfect functioning order, that'd be a keeper I doubt you'd let go of for substantially more than $150.
Actually it turns out I'm just stupid/the manual misled me. The manual said to put the needle as high up as it will go in the slot before turning the thumb screw. But I guess modern needles are shorter cause as soon as I moved it down a bit it worked! Just had to adjust the tension a bit and I had a perfect straight stitch! Now that I know its fully functional, I got my dad's help to remove it from the base and left the wood parts with him so he can try to fix it up a bit and give it some lacquer. Meanwhile I'll be giving the head a good thorough cleaning and get some oil and a new belt for it
Absolutely baller. Good luck with everything!

this is a thread for all knifemakers, bladesmiths and alike, to discuss their projects tools ask for advice and to help Beginners how to ho on about forges, steels, heat treatment, drillpresses and such.

i will start the thread with my own shit because i need to show off, and someone has to start posting stuff.
>pic related current project of making a swordbreaker
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they did stock removal but i guess they still forged some form of blanks, they also started making blade types that didn't have fuller thus requireing less forging i would think
they also seperated all the swordmaking into several occupations, like one workshop would produce swordbalde blanks rough forgers and those got send by the cartload to the grinder who ground them on giant stone wheels and then they got send to where ever was demand, especialy the german town of passau was renown for exporting swords. and when it was in the town where they shall hit the market the latest fashion of hilt was attached by local swordmakers

it is kind of ridicolous that we now have one guy workshops producing whole swords of that period. lmao when that was only in rare occasions maybe the case, likely for the very high end stuff but even then it was more like a small manufacture, where a master would do basicly supervision and final touches
At least from what I remember learning, most of the major blade manufacturing centres in Sheffield, Toledo and Solingen basically had smiths whacking out blades in workshops full time, that's all they did was forge the metal. After that it gets contracted out to the blade grinders, who take those blanks and would wander down to the river where the wheels are, pay the owner for a day on the wheels to get it to shape, do the profile, bevels and pretty much polished up to some kind of standard.
From there it goes back to the manufacturer who then hands it off to the guys who do the handles, another guy who might do the engraving, another dude who makes the sheath, some other fella that does the sharpening and finally back to the manufacturer who sells it off to the customer. In some cases they'll forge the blank, harden it, send it to the grinder guy and then just sell it off as a 'Trade Blade' to various merchants and it'll end up in anywhere from Indian subcontinent to sub Saharan Africa where the locals fit up the handle to suit.

So for the most part of the 14-15th century onwards, your knife or sword was the industrial process of probably 5-10 people's work, who got paid a daily wage or per item. As far as I know, there wasn't really one dude and a couple of apprentices churning out masterpieces as a one stop shop, even in Japan there was much the same thing, a process of mass production, sure it was all hand made as it was everywhere else, but still just a case of walking into ye olde knife shoppe, handing over the cash for some kind of stabby object and they'd let you know when it was done. Or just buy one off the rack.

That didn't really change until after WW2 when the industrial process took a lot of hands off with automated machinery being more commonly available of stamping, grinding and heat treating without much involvement from much more than a dude wheeling a trolley full of sharp objects around and feeding them into a machine.
A lot of swords didn't come fully assembled. You went to the shoppe and picked your blank, guard, grip, and pommel. And the guy would assemble it for you. It's obviously looking at historical swords that the parts aren't made for each other specifically, and a real sword can have a little slop in it.

But yes, the myth of the town blacksmith making a sword by himself is completely false
The history of Trade Blades is something I find fascinating, you basically had most of the natives in the US equipped with some kind of German, French or British knife of some sort they swapped for furs or shiny rocks, all the way through to Tuareg that bought a blade off some Solingen trader passing through the Mediterranean and in turn sold them off south of the Sahara. All the sub continent basically went 'wow, you can give us 20000 sword blades?' at once to arm their little fiefdoms and it really was that numbers matter when it comes to products.
It was also guns to some extent via the Portuguese, Spanish and anyone else that needed a big smoky matchlock or flintlock and of course axes and other tools that had a hard edge. The world as we know it really wasn't shaped by single artisans or inventors in so much as it was by trade and mass production about 600 years ago.

Don't get me wrong, if your going for a geometrically perfect, smooth, almost machine like finish/shape for a chef knife for example, I don't expect anyone to forge that to completion with a hammer. Grinding is admittedly far more precise. However it can also be wasteful, and I like the idea of transforming stock into a blade shape by molding it rather than grinding the whole shape. Perhaps it is autistic of me.


To state the obvious: Even the "european medieval age" lasted for like 700-800 years, during which a lot changed. At the very end/ beginning of the renaissance parts of the world did indeed become very "pre industrialized" when manufacturing blades.

I'd argue that for most of the time, in most regions, steel was expensive (especially steel fit for fancier swords). Things like blade geometry, fullers etc. were as much about saving on material as they were about saving on weight. In those cases, they would most certainly avoid wasting steel, and fullers and distal tapers etc. would be forged, not grinded.

You are 100% right on the division of labor though. Even in very small buisnesses you'd have maybe a master and few apprentices. Because back then, labor was generally cheap.

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Looking for one under $500 because I am poor
My mom bought a used Juki and that thing was solid, sorry to say it was more than $500
idk check classifieds or ebay
make a list of requirements that you can't live without (thread cutter, computer controlled, maybe zigzag stitch), requirements that are simply necessary in your situation (high voltage/low voltage, availability of replacement parts), and narrow down the list that way. Then wait for a classifieds/ebay opportunity below $500.

The soil in my area is heavy clay. My backyard slopes away from my house, and water pools at the back of my property after heavy rains.

My plan is to bring in large amounts of mulch to spread over my whole backyard to level and provide drainage. This would be maybe no more than 1/4 acre. I can get free mulch in my area, and I plan to do this over a long period. Maybe one load of 1 cu yd of mulch every few weeks or so.

My plan is that the mulch will help with drainage. Over the next 3-5 years it will break down and turn into better soil and help to level my yard.

Any comments or criticism on my plan?
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run drainage tile from under where water pools to either an existing tile flowing away from house or just run it all the way off property. fill in low spots with sand. this way you can actually grow grass instead of having a fucking pile of rotting mulch
>compacted dirt won't just become giant mud pie
believe it or not, water must be drained away. there really is no way around this. the low spot formed BECAUSE of the lack of drainage. it will just form again.
Truth, which is why I use wide, sufficiently deep trenches but many prefer french drains.
All it takes is for the surrounding property to be higher than my backyard. How hard is that to comprehend?

Like hills exist you know. I can’t dig a drainage ditch through neighbors yards or force the water to flow uphill. Pumping the water is just impractical.
This is why we asked for a topo map of your property and the surrounding area.

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How possible is it to live completely independently? I'm 21, and I'm starting to plan to design and build a small house/cabin with a ground floor and basement, create a system to grow my own food, etc. and hopefully become entirely independent at some point in the very near future.

Are there any good resources for people learning to live off the grid, so to speak? Or accounts of people who attempted this and recorded their process of doing it? At the very least, I'd like to start living more independently, even if it's in gradual steps.

For background, I live in the U.S., so finding a suitable plot of land in a very temperate climate is not too difficult. Although I would certainly consider migrating somewhere else to avoid conflicts with the government.
Richard Proenneke is a pretty famous example and he documented his offgrid adventures. For example, to store food away from land critters, he built a shed on tall stilts and wrapped each leg with a section of (I think) stainless steel so it was too slipper for anything to climb up.

I've known and met a a bunch of offgridders.
For electricity they use generators, solar, batteries, and hydro microturbines.
Water from wells or creeks. Rainwater would work too I guess. Filter and store water in a cistern if you can't do a well. Test your water before drinking.
Wood for heat.
They had a garden for food, raised ducks, chickens, pigs. Cows need too much grazing land. Hunted for meat. Greenhouse if you want to extend your growing season.
Composting toilet, or incinerating toilet if you don't want the nuisance. Makes it easier to deal with your greywater.

Use a metal roof like galvalume since it lasts forever and you only want to install that shit once, the next time you have to deal with roofing will be when you're too old to care.
Rainwater seems like it would be a good source of water. I'm looking at using groundwater, but I definitely need to look more into the requirements for this. As for power, I know solar has a generally negative reputation, but I feel it could certainly work for meager power needs.

I've built a greenhouse before, so this is definitely something I know I could manage for certain crops year-round. Watering would be the main concern, but if I can manage to make a system that draws water directly from a running source or rain, this could be manageable. I have a lot of research to do.
Offgrid wind or solar sucks because you usually need to store that energy somewhere, and batteries are just fucking expensive and there's no way around that. Solar could be free and it would still be a pain because of how expensive batteries are.

All that being said, if you are far away enough from a power line (like a mile or two) then it's cheaper to go with offgrid solar than it is to pay the power company to put in a line.
I feel like I could manage a good battery system using a system of parallel recycled car batteries or something similar. Again, I have a lot of work to do, but I foresee some solution for this being possible. I hope to use pretty minimal power anyway, probably just for a small, localized heater, a few lights, etc.
>localized heater
Heat from solar power is an insanely bad idea. You use solar for lights, your laptop and a fan in the shitter. Wood or propane for heat and cooking.

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This is the time of year when I look at people's lawns and know who the single moms are.
You can hide Single Mom Lawn all winter. But April will confirm everyone's divorcee status.

Oh, BTW, if you were born with a penis and your lawn looks like this, you may as well go ahead and start HRT and schedule your SRS, because you are clearly not a man.
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>Is there any alternatives to this?
You don't need to "deal" with this. Roots on the surface are normal.
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My current house was xeriscaped before I bought it, but I want my next house to have a lawn. I drive by my childhood house every once in a while and they turned my dad's beautiful lawn into ugly gray rocks, it makes me want to torch the place.
Psssh. I live under the landing path at an airport. Get on my level
laughed too fuckin hard at this.

Is this a decent boot for work?

Also, work boots in general I guess.
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Which ones do you recommend?
Mild sympathy for a backwards, effeminate, stupid, man.
I wear the Danner equivalent as my town boots. They're comfortable, functional, and rebuildable. But on the first rebuild, I'm getting these god forsaken soles changed out. I do garden work in them. Would never wear them to a construction site, or even a warehouse. May try a light hiking trip, but because the wedge sole is so smooth and soft, I have no serious use for them.
They take polish well, make for nice character in the interplay between the flat and ridged areas. Like a sunburst guitar finish. I hit them with some mink oil first to speed wearing in and give minimal water resistance.
In short: No. But fine for hobbyists.
I wear thick socks and they're fine
They might even be a bit on the loose side with normal socks
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anybody else instinctively massage their feet while going through this thread?

If you had $1 million then what kind of business would you start up?
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nah you dont own the image/song. usually its that you "own" a link to a song/image hosted elswhere., retards dont know the difference
Finally start up as an electrical contractor. Work for a electrical construction company now but have great connections so could do my own thing. Would drive around all day in my new Ram truck and go check up on my wagies

Based. Good luck finding reliable help though. I don’t know what your area is like but most of the kids I see today are fucking shot. They can’t even read a tape measure.
Then what's the point?

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how many "crafts" have you learnt or tried? which are the best or worst in your opinion?

i've only ever done 2 but my god for some reason i want to learn them all. only for hobby sorta stuff but i just want to have an understanding of every single one. be a diy god if you will.
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Used to be really good with electronics & basic circuits when I was around 10. Tinkered and played with just about every tool I could get my hands on and got pretty good with a lot of random stuff (woodworking, basic metal working, etc). Went into construction out of high school, got good enough to do handyman stuff on the side (painting, molding, carpentry, landscaping). Still don't have the best home electrical skills I'd like but can change out switches, outlets, lighting.

I've had a cheap harbor freight flux core welder for years now and was finally able to get a good bead going last summer after screwing around with it. I'd like to focus more on welding to justify upgrading to something better and to start using it for more than putting two random items in my scrap bin together.

I've also been wrenching for years out of necessity and I'm starting to do it out of joy finally. I have a list of things I'd like to do to my truck like upgrading to an air ride suspension and insulating/sound proofing the interior more.

I'm pretty well rounded but unfortunately I'm not too deep into any one area. Just good enough to get myself into trouble and to force myself to think my way out of it
idk your definitions are pretty vauge. Every 'craft' has a lot of overlap.

From your image and post, I've done them all except forging, felling, and building a tree house lol. Im a shit welder and dont own one myself but I have done it before. Otherwise ive pretty much done everything there is to do. But being into cars as my main hobby is 50% responsible for this fact.

If you want to be a /diy/ god, you need to learn soldering and basic electronics, general woodworking and construction, light knowledge of materials like different woods and metals and their properties, and some form of commercial or onsite construction experience will do a lot as well. It really doesn't take much to get the point where you can look at anything and understand whats going on. The real challenge is getting the little details down.
i have a journeyman ticket in welding, doing electrical now, learning python on the side and electronics, also currently work doing "agricultural" automation.
I've tried out too many different crafts and trade related stuff too keep track. I'm by far the best at working on vehicles and anything mechanical in nature. I suck shit at woodworking, but to be fair on my part, I haven't put that much time into it
This is where I'm at. If I needed to fix my a/c or redo the walls in my house, I can and have done it. But when it comes to cars and heavy equipment, shit just comes natural. Got it mastered
General construction
Tile setting
Car repair/restoration
Sheep shearing

Do those all count?

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What do you think about harbor freight now that there are no more coupons? Have you been there since?
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I can't count how much shitty tallboys of beer I've had to drink because of this shit.
Closest liquor store closed due to this shit, the next closest one is the shitty part of town, and all of them close at 7 too.
I don't even think about going out until like after dinner, so every day I am enraged because everything besides home depot is closed.

They just put out a notice that they're open until 8 here.

Also I bought two of their metal tool stands today. One is for my router table and one is for my planer. I'm tired of clamping them to a bench for use.
>other than going through batteries quickly
when youre done with it for the day, use the thumb scew to lock it closed
Never cheap out on tape.
Lol didn't realize this was a joke image at first. Caught me off guard

Planning on having a wrestling match with my buddies for fun. Give me your best ideas on how to make easily breakable tables, loud but not painful chairs, kendo sticks, hammers, and whatever idea for wrestling props you can come up with.
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rigid foam insulation can be shaped and painted into almost any prop you would want. Most likely have to paint it with water based paints or the foam will melt.

Bottles and such can be made from candy glass

>having a wrestling match with my buddies for fun.
no homo
I was kidding. I fell 8 feet and I'll never walk right again. Even ground level parkour dumb. You land just right and you are fucked forever anon.
ya realise when you hurt ya back it hurts forever as in the rest of ya life dont work hard at physical job always be paranoid and lazy and never do stupid shit unless you are in love
>never do stupid shit unless you are in love
try your best not to do stupid shit when you're in love

I can't do it
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This is the type of question that people really should be too embarrassed to ask and just look it up.

ok, thanks for that info. go to bed kid.
cut out the section of drywall where you want to mount, replace it with 1/2" plywood mounted to the studs. easiest and sturdiest mounting solution. paint over the plywood and it'll be unnoticeable, plus it's hidden behind the tv anyways.
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Whoa there tugger nuts. No need to get the key grip involved.

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How would win four canadian oilfield tradies vs four Australian miner tradies vs four UK residential tradies
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Irish tradies are tough, just a bit stupid
One DIY mommy with a YouTube channel from Iowa.
thats like saying you experienced france because you went to paris

American here and I've done all 3 of these. Fucking bring it pussies
this. Bet none of the 12 guys got any bonus for their fight

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/Abestos General/
How many of you are worried about mesothelioma? Any good working with abestos stories? How much abestos have you breathed in?
I breathed in tons of abestos because I do my own renovations
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Would you live in a town that used to mine asbestos but has been cleaned up?
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Pretty good deals on homes there but you've got to trust that the clean up was done correctly. Apparently they dumped all the contaminated soil and other stuff down a mine shaft so if you go exploring and find an old mine, don't go in.
Not really a problem unless you smoked and worked with it every day. Heard from old timers that they used to cut sheets of it with circular saws and that it would look like it was snowing in Manville NJ because of asbestos coming from a plant that manufactured it there. Still have plenty of superfund sites around NJ filled with it.

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if youre in your 20's how hard is it to walk into workshops these days and just give a firm handshake and get an apprenticeship?
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I got a certificate in steel detailing.
god forbid I want some structure right, fellow faggot.
interesting, tell me some more
who's going to fix your "hard life", you? or some faceless boomer you're screaming at through the internet?

Showing up and giving the owner/manager a handshake is an action that implies that you care and can take initiative. Also, your green text didn’t make any sense. Here’s your (You) you fucking turbosperg

This is 100% correct. I have fucked myself over so many times by being a hard worker and the best at a particular skill. Once they see that you’re a hard worker and good at what you do, you’re stuck. You basically become a piece of machinery and cannot be moved unless there is some titanic shift in management or staff. I found out that a company I worked for deliberately did not train me in things I would wanted to do because they’d lose their best welder and have to pay me more money. Fuck company loyalty. Look out for yourself. I’m in the process of joining a union. I’ll be set for life.

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